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Leigh Port Partnership

Leigh Port Partnership was formed in 2003 as a result of the Southend Fisheries Strategy (Vol 1 and 2) by the Crossbow Partnership, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the East of England Regeneration Agency to produce a Strategy for Southend’s Fishing Industry. The objective of Leigh Port Partnership is to promote and advertise the Port of Leigh-on-Sea by means that the company shall see fit and in particular, by carrying on the business of marketing and management consultants and advisers of every and any description.

The Southend Fishing Strategy (V1 and V2) can be downloaded as PDFs on the links as follows:

In 2015 Leigh Port Partnership approached the Thames Estuary Partnership to bid for a Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) in the area. FLAGs are ring-fenced funding, supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, part of the European Structural Investment Funds. The North Thames FLAG began in 2017 in order to bring together the fishing industry and local communities through partnership working and projects. Leigh Port Partnership have been a key player in North Thames FLAG process.

In 2017 Leigh Port Partnership gained funding from European Maritime and Fisheries Fund through the North Thames FLAG in order to apply for Marine Stewardship Council certification for Thames Estuary Cockles, this certification was awarded to Leigh Port Partnership on the 3rd December 2019.

In 2019 Leigh Port Partnership were also awarded a grant of £7000 for safety equipment for the local fleet and also funding for the development of this website!

Leigh Port Partnership currently has five directors, but it is looking for some active volunteers to help with the running of the company – if you have interests in the port and have regular free time please contact LPP on